Yesterday, we invited our volunteers of past and present to a festive lunch to say a big “Thank you” for all the work they have done for the old and new trust. We have Maintenance, Gardening, Front of House and Curatorial Volunteers all working to keep Robert Burns Ellisland Museum and Farm the way it is. Around 40 people attended the lunch to talk about stories from the past and the development of the Robert Burns Ellisland Museum and Farm.
Chairwoman Sara Valentin-Byers started the day by welcoming everyone. She spoke about the changes at Ellisland such as the bungalow renovations and the new lean-to kitchen. The food was then served and enjoyed by all (menu can be seen to the left). The menu also featured some lovely plum chutney and apple crumbles from our own orchard at Ellisland! Past Friends of Ellisland volunteer, Betty, also did a speech on her memories of Ellisland before the formation of the new trust during the teas and coffees to celebrate and reminisce.
The meal was served by Sarah, Joan, Lee and Caitlin in festive clothing, and crackers were banging to add a festive twist to the celebration. It was enjoyed by all and it was lovely to see everyone reconnecting after the isolating time of lockdown. We hope to have many more opportunities like this in the future to thank our volunteers and show everyone out appreciation. There is more events planned for the festive season which you can look at here.
Opportunities for Volunteers
Find out more about volunteering opportunities at Robert Burns Ellisland Museum and Farm in the link below.